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ROUTING SMALL PARTS
a When routing the recess for the blade in the Marking Knife (page 14), I ran into two problems. First, the workpiece is too small to clamp down without having the clamps get in the way of the router. Also, a small workpiece like this doesn't offer enough support to keep the router from tipping.
The solution to both problems is a simple routing platform. It's just a piece of 3/4"-thick MDF with a groove cut in it to fit the knife blank. Note: Cut the groove deep enough so the blank
■ Before building the Modular Wall Storage System shown on page 16, I sat down with a hot cup of coffee to count the number of hardboard hooks I had to make. But by the time I added them all up, my coffee was getting cold. That's because altogether, the system had over 100 hooks.
To cut the slots for these hooks quickly and safely, I used a simple jig and a dado blade mounted in the table saw. The hooks are inserted into the jig-like slides in a projector, see upper photo. Then the jig carries the hook through the blade, see lower photo.
The jig is made up of two main parts: an auxiliary fence, and a pair of keeper blocks, see Fig. 1. To hold the hooks in place, there's a rabbet on one end of each keeper block. Each rabbet forms a lip that fits over the hook and keeps it from
falling out as you make a cut, see Fig. la. Note: Cut these rabbets so the hook slides in with a friction fit.
To assemble the jig, screw one keeper block to the auxiliary fence. Then use a hook as a spacer
to position the second block.
With one of the hooks in place, it's just a matter of aligning the layout lines for the slot with th^^ dado blade, see Fig. 2. Then just screw the auxiliary fence to the miter gauge and cut the slots.
will sit flush with the top of the MDF. Along with a strip of carpet tape, the groove holds the blank securely in place. And the platform supports the base of the router.
If you use a fixed-based router, you'll need to drill a hole as a starting point for the router bit, see Step 1. Once the hole is drilled, rout the mortise just shy of the layout line, see Step 2.
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